The official launch introduced a number of leaders and partners to the “Community Mapping For Flood Resilience Project” where people gave their thoughts and views on this disasters and how mapping can be used as a tool to fight it off . A team of 15 students from Arhdi University were carefully selected to be trained in this project in a 2 weeks exercise that will expose them more into the whole project and mapping process.
The project is using an open source mapping platform as the base for data collection, digitization, analysis and map updates. OpenStreetMap was the rightful platform chosen for the project. The first exercise involved community members from Ndungumbi ward which is the second ward to be mapped after Tandale which was done 3 years ago as a pilot study. The project has a combination of both students from the University (Who have some level of technical skills) and Community members (who know the geography of the area). With such a combination, a fully detailed map of the ward is the expected outcome for the first bit of the project.
The day after the Launch on Friday 27th March, mapping tools were introduced to the participants at the ward quarters (Field Papers and GPS units) which are to be used in the entire project as strong data collection tools. Participants where split into groups that followed the satellite images that were provided to them (FieldPapers) to collect data (Raw information concerning these areas) and GPS units to record their location and movements down on the ground surface.
A one hour data collection exercise was done as a demonstration of what will be taking place during the project which gave them a new experience for kind of technology to be used for mapping (FieldPapers and GPS Units) since many of the people were not familiar with them. As different groups settled in after the data collection exercise, digitization took place for the areas that each respective group selected/ had gone to survey which brought the first mapping day to an end.